Despite the final score, there were a lot of good things to take from this game. Overall the starters on both side of the ball played very well. It was not until the 2nd and 3rd stringers came into the game that things got out of hand. But it was a preseason game and the coaches were calling plays to work on certain things they needed to see from players rather than necessarily calling plays that would win the game, which they should have done.
In no particular order, here are some things I noticed:
1) Starting Offensive Line Is Improving
I thought all of the starters on the O-line had a very good game. They kept pressure off Croyle and after a slow start initially, began making holes wide enough for Jason Whitlock to run through. I don't recall any holding or false start penalties either.
2) Brandon Flowers will not be intimidated
Going up against Larry Fitzgerald, one of the top receivers in the NFL, could be daunting for a rookie CB. Flowers held his own and covered well.
3) Turk McBride will be a good fit at RDE
Turk had a great game against the Cardinals and his improvment over last year is very noticeable. He contained the bootleg, got pass pressure, sacked the QB and stripped the ball. If he can keep that up and continue to improve we will be in good shape at that position.
4) BJ Sams chance is over
At least he fielded a couple punts tonight, but essentially did nothing to try to make anything out of them. With the other options we have at returner, I think Sams is on the chopping block.
5) Dantrell Savage needs to make the team
This guy plays with a ton of heart and is hungry. He has the ability to make something out of nothing and plays like he's 7 ft tall instead of 5'9".